Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's priceless sarod gets lost in BA transit

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's priceless sarod gets lost in BA transit

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod, which he has been playing for the past 45 years, has gone missing on a British Airways in which he was flying from London to Delhi.

The 68-year-old maestro had gone to London for a performance at Dartington College to celebrate the life of Rabindranath Tagore on June 21 and returned on night of June 28. “After damaging my sarod in 1997,  the British Airways now misplaces my sarod. Forty-eight hours and I still wait anxiously for some news. Still not traced!!!” Khan posted on Facebook. In a statement, the British Airways said that there have been “intermittent problems” with Heathrow Airport’s baggage system in Terminal 5 and that efforts were underway to resolve it.

“When we arrived at Delhi airport on June 28, I could not find my priceless sarod. We waited there for 4-5 hours while airline people tried to trace the instrument. But they were not able to trace it, and they said it would most likely come by the next flight,” Khan was quoted by PTI as saying.

The airline said its officials were working round-the-clock to make sure that they “reunite all of our customers with their baggage as quickly as possible”. “This process has taken longer than anticipated and we apologise for the inconvenience caused,” it said.

Khan said that he has lodged a complaint with the airlines. The maestro said that he had told the airlines in London “to handle it (sarod) with care as it is my life, but now this has happened.” He said that the airline was in contact with him, but they were unable to give the exact time when he will get his instrument back.

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